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Hudson man charged in serial iPod thefts

PORT RICHEY — On the night of Nov. 18, Tyler Odell pushed a shopping cart to the electronics department in the Target on Tacoma Drive and surveyed the iPods for sale, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Then, using a hammer he selected from the home department, the 23-year-old smashed the glass case and took eight iPods, valued at $1,610, a report states.

He was charged Monday with grand theft and criminal mischief.

Odell has been in jail since Nov. 25 on similar charges. Authorities say he did the same thing at a Hudson Walmart and an Odessa Target, but used baseball bats taken from the stores and stole 12 iPods.

Odell of 9100 Debbie Lane in Hudson told authorities he sold the iPods and used the money to support his drug addiction, the report says. He has needle tracks on both arms, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Odell faces multiple charges, including grand theft, criminal mischief, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and violating his probation. He is being held without bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.

Hudson man charged in serial iPod thefts 12/08/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 8, 2009 8:06pm]
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